Provides an international history of urban development, from its origins to the industrial revolution. This well established book maintains the high standard of information found in the previous two editions, describing the physical results of some 5000 years of urban activity. It explains and develops the concept of 'unplanned' cities that grow organically, in contrast with 'planned' cities that were shaped in response to urban form determinants. Spread throughout the texts are copious illustrations from a wealth of sources, including cartographic urban records, aerial and other photographs, original drawings and the author's numerous analytical line drawings.
Chronicles urban development from the origin of cities to the industrial revolution for students of town planning, urban geography and history, or landscape architecture from beginning to advanced levels. To the 1979 second edition have been added new chapters on the cities of Islamic and imperial Spain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)